The University of Stirling and Europe
Guidance on studying and working here now that the UK has left the EU – as well as links to the most up-to-date information and guidance. On 31 January 2020, the UK left the European Union, and the official transition period ended on 31 December 2020.
A warm welcome is waiting for you at Stirling
With more than 120 nationalities represented on campus, we’re proud that the University of Stirling is home to students and staff from all over the world. Our international partnerships and diversity bring vibrancy to our community, foster academic insight and enhance awareness of social and cultural perspectives.
We will continue to welcome and value students and staff to Stirling and Scotland.
Research, innovation and Brexit
Will the UK continue to have access to EU funding for research and innovation?
Updated 23 January 2020
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has published new information about UK scientists, researchers and businesses’ ability to continue to participate in, bid for and lead projects in the European Union’s (EU) flagship programme Horizon 2020.
Following the Second Reading in parliament of the Withdrawal Agreement on 20 December, the UK has now stepped down its preparations for leaving the EU without a deal, with confidence that it will ratify the EU Exit deal by 31 January.
This means that you should continue to participate in your project in the same way as you currently do, in line with the terms of your grant agreement.
The full article is available here – UKRI News (archive)
- UKRI has a special email address for EU Exit-related enquiries: EUGrantsFunding@ukri.org
- UKRI’s UK Research Office in Brussels has an EU Exit factsheet at www.ukro.ac.uk
- For information about opportunities in your sector see this info on gov.co.uk
- For details of Science Minister Chris Skidmore’s speech about international collaboration after Brexit, given on 9 October 2019, see here
What about participation in future research programmes?
Universities UK, the sector’s representative body, is lobbying for full association for the next EU framework programme, Horizon Europe, which is due to start on 1 January 2021. The proposal for this programme was published by the European Commission in June 2018, and leaves open the possibility of full UK participation as an associated country.
Can I still apply for Research Council funding for my PhD?
It has been confirmed that EU postgraduate research students commencing their studies in 2020/21 will retain their fee status and eligibility for Research Council support for the duration of their course. Future changes to the fee status and available funding for EU students will depend on the timing and terms of the UK's exit from the European Union.
Get in touch
There is still a lot of uncertainty around the full implications of the EU Referendum result for the UK Higher Education sector, but if you have any questions or concerns related to studying or working at the University of Stirling after Brexit, please get in touch.